Shootings, one deadly, continue to plague outer East Portland

A shooting homicide in Montavilla, street shootings in Centennial, and a drive-by shooting in Hazelwood …

While some outer East Portland shootings still take place after dark, many more of these potentially deadly criminal acts are committed in broad daylight.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In spite of plans, arrangements – and, once again a “reorganizing” the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) – the proposals of Mayor Ted Wheeler to reduce shooting damage, injuries, and murders have yet to diminish the carnage caused by the criminal actions of armed and violent people on outer East Portland streets.

Looking in the “rearview mirror” of the PPB’s Shooting Incident Statistics, the number of shootings in Portland has bounced up from the “low” of 77 in April, to 104 in May. The good news for outer East Portland is that now PPB North Precinct territory leads the number of shootings; they’re up to 224 for the year, compared to “only” 188 for the area served by East Precinct.

However, with 57 “Shots Fired” calls – of which not all turn out to be shootings – gunfire continues to resound across outer East Portland.

June 17
Man dies in hospital after Montavilla shooting

Officers are dispatched to this area of Montavilla, after a person is reported to have been shot.

When several people reported gunshots near NE Glisan Street at 74th Avenue, PPB East Precinct officers were sent on June 17 at 10:05 p.m. to investigate.

Not long afterward, other officers were dispatched to check on a patient with apparent gunshot wounds who had arrived at Providence Portland Hospital, 26 blocks west of the shooting location along NE Glisan Street.

“Officers learned that the patient, an adult male, was being transported to a different hospital by ambulance, due to the severity of his injuries,” a PPB official revealed. “After lengthy lifesaving efforts by medical personnel, the patient died.”

After the PPB Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) arrived, and learned that the victim had died, PPB Homicide Detectives were dispatched to take over the investigation. “No arrests have been made,” a PPB spokesperson said.

Who gunned down this man: 36-year-old William Kendrick? Contact the Portland Police if you can help solve his murder.

Later, Portland Police revealed that the victim had been identified as 36-year-old William Kendrick – and that an autopsy by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office had confirmed that his death was a “homicide by gunshot”.

If you have information about this case, please contact Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0762; or, Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0768 – and let them know this is regarding Case No. 21-164805.

June 23
Man arrested after shootings – and then climbing on, and crashing through, a Centennial home’s roof – and then menacing those inside, with a machete

After neighbors report shootings near their homes, they call for help and officers arrive.

It could have ended badly: An ordeal in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 23, for several Centennial neighborhood residents. Fortunately nobody was harmed.
But, it the strange series of events began when officers were sent to a “Shots Fired” call at 3:35 a.m. at SE 160th Avenue, a half-block south of Division Street, near the Arbor View Apartments. “A caller reported hearing gunshots outside a residence, and then a male with a gun entered, claiming someone was following him and that he had shot at him,” a PPB official reported.

But – the suspect ran off before officers could get there.

As the suspect runs through Centennial neighborhood side streets, officers try to track him down.

Officers began looking for the suspect, described as a black male wearing pants, but no shirt or shoes. Officers did find spent shell casings which they believed might be associated with the incident.

Then, a few minutes later, at 3:44 a.m., another caller – this one on SE Clinton Street near 157th Avenue, told a 9-1-1 Center Intake Operator that someone was at their door, and it looked like a black male – holding what appeared to be a handgun.

Again, the elusive suspect managed to slip away from the officers who responded.

Suspect enters house, via the roof
Finally, at 3:55 a.m., yet another call came in regarding a black male – this time, inside an upstairs bedroom of a different house in the same block of SE Clinton.

“The man, described as a black male, was a stranger to the residents, and had apparently climbed on the roof of the house with a ladder – and then fell through the roof into the interior of the house,” a police spokesperson reported. “Two people inside escaped the suspect and got out, but the stranger armed himself with a machete, and prevented a third person from leaving,” the PPB official noted.

For about an hour, an officer from the PPB ECIT team talked with the man, until he agreed to come out, and was safely taken into custody. The third person inside the residence managed to get out of the house at about the same time.

Officers searched the area, and recovered a handgun they believe the suspect had dropped; they think that the same man was involved in all three incidents.

Facing numerous Felony and Misdemeanor charges is 37-year-old Darryl Cornelius Davis. MCDC booking photo

After being taken to a local hospital by ambulance to be evaluated for possible injuries related to the way he happened to drop into the home, 37-year-old Darryl Cornelius Davis was then taken into custody.

Davis was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) later that morning, at 10:04 a.m., on charges of Kidnapping I, two counts of Burglary I, three counts of Menacing, Assault IV, Strangulation, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm in the City, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

At his arraignment, Davis learned which of the four Felony and nine Misdemeanor charges he’d face. Davis is currently lodged in the MCDC in lieu of $283,000 combined bail.

June 23
Drive-by shooter wrecks car; arrested in Hazelwood

Northbound lanes of SE 122nd Avenue are closed, from SE Stark Street to north of East Burnside Street, after a man is wounded in a drive-by shooting.

After another daylight shooting – this one along SE 122nd Avenue, at Ash Street, near the large TriMet Park-and-Ride lot on June 23 – East Precinct officers responded at 7:43 p.m.

There, officers arrived and found a shooting victim in a vehicle who told officers he’d been shot while driving. Reportedly, however, the victim, who was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The alleged shooter’s crashed car attracts the interest of investigators.

Standing by the wrecked Audi, officers protect this area of the crime scene.

Fifteen additional police cruisers were summoned to the crime scene as the dispatcher radioed an update: The suspect had crashed a vehicle into a utility pole not far away, on SE 122nd Avenue – a half-block north of East Burnside Street.
The driver of the second car, a silver Audi sedan, believed to be the shooter, was thought to have suffered minor injuries in the crash, so he was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation, as the PPB’s ECST team was called out to investigate.

Officials say these two firearms were seized as evidence in this incident.

Charged in this shooting is 27-year-old Charles Edward Criglar III. MCDC booking photo

After receiving a medical evaluation, 27-year-old Charles Edward Criglar III, was booked into the MCDC on June 24 at 3:52 a.m., on two Felony charges: Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

At his arraignment, Criglar learned that his combined bail had been set at $255,000; he is currently in custody, in lieu of bail, at Inverness Jail.

If anyone has information about this case, please reference Portland Police Case No. 21-170586 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

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